Summer is finally here! Even though the weather can be difficult to predict during British summer, it’s safe to say that warmer days are definitely here. And the same goes for the nights, have you been sweating all night too? It’s time to get your summer bedding out and get rid of the warm duvet you were sleeping in. After being in storage for so long, it might be nice to give your summer bedding a bit of a refresher by washing it out. Especially if you keep your bedding in the attic or another dusty place, it might be good to give it a wash. Washing your bedding can often be a daunting task as you might be wondering how to wash your duvet and what temperature to use, but luckily, we have assembled all the answers to your questions. 

Washing your bedding

How to Wash Bedding?

Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. With our ultimate guide on how to wash your duvet, your day has just gotten a lot easier. When we did a poll on how often people wash their bedding, we found that a shocking 28% never wash their duvets or pillows, 25% do this once a year and 9% do this every couple of years. Time for a wake up call: your duvet and pillows need to be refreshed too! Of course, your duvet cover and pillowcases are in direct contact with your skin for eight hours per night, but that doesn’t mean they protect the duvet and pillow from getting dirty. Before you’re afraid of having to wash your bedding every month, don’t worry, we recommend washing your duvet and pillows every six to twelve months. This will help to keep your bedding feeling fresh and clean, without overdoing it. After all, don’t we all want to sleep in a clean, fresh and hygienic bed? We bet you will sleep like a log!

So… how do you actually go ahead and wash your duvet? When in doubt of the specific washing instructions, we always recommend checking the label of your duvet. The washing instructions will be different if you have a synthetic duvet than with a natural duvet. Synthetic duvets and pillows can easily be washed in a normal washing machine at home. If you have a natural duvet, for example with feathers and down, it should be washed with extreme care. We highly recommend specialist cleaning as the machine capacity generally isn’t large enough.

How to Wash King Size Duvets? 

When washing your duvet, it’s important to check that your duvet actually fits into the machine. Your duvet will need enough room for fabric and fibres to agitate inside and get thoroughly clean. Before you get started, double check if your duvet fits into your washing machine. If you have a king or superking size duvet or a duvet in a larger tog, it might be difficult to fit it into your washing machine at home. These types of duvets should be washed in a large capacity machine. Luckily enough, the majority of modern washing machines now have a high capacity drum as standard! Just make sure you check this beforehand. 

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What Temperature to Wash Bedding?

Now this might be the most important question of all. What temperature should you use to wash your bedding? We don’t want the bedding to shrink or ruin the filling of course. For duvets that can be washed at home, excluding natural duvets, it’s best to look for care labels on the products. These labels will often specify how you can best take care of the product and what temperature it should be washed in. As a guide, the best synthetic bedding can be washed at 60°C. Does your bedding’s care label suggest a lower temperature? Then that’s your way to go. 

Washing your bedding is especially important for people who are suffering from allergies, since washing at 60°C helps to kill dust mite. For the Night Owl Duvet, washing at 40°C is recommended to keep the duvet in its best shape.

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July 08, 2021 — Sleep Expert